ATLANTA – Smyrna Councilmember Susan D. Wilkinson received the prestigious Certificate of Distinction award from the Harold F. Holtz Municipal Training Institute during the Georgia Municipal Association’s Annual Convention in 2019.
The Harold F. Holtz Municipal Training Institute, a cooperative effort of GMA and the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government, provides a nationally recognized series of training opportunities for elected city officials. To receive a Certificate of Distinction a city official must complete a minimum of 204 units of credit, including at least 72 hours from a required list of courses and the Robert E. Knox, Jr. Municipal Leadership Institute. The training program consists of a series of more than 60 courses.
Councilmember Wilkinson was one of 8 city officials to receive the Certificate of Distinction at the conference.
“This is an outstanding achievement,” said GMA Executive Director Larry Hanson. “We commend Councilmember Wilkinson this accomplishment and for the dedication she’s shown in using this valuable resource to become a more effective city official.”
Based in Atlanta, GMA is a voluntary, non-profit organization that provides legislative advocacy, research, training, employee benefit and technical consulting services to its 538 member cities.
In January 2023, Councilmember Wilkinson won a second award, the Certificate of Dedication, from the Harold F. Holtz Municipal Training Institute during the Georgia Municipal Association’s annual convention after earning extensive training and continuing education credits in municipal leadership and professional development.
Councilmember Wilkinson currently serves —
- as treasurer of the Cobb Municipal Association board
- on the Federal Policy Committee for the Georgia Municipal Association